BMDM contamination, macrophages appear activated

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Aspeedasai
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BMDM contamination, macrophages appear activated

Hi all,

I have been doing BMDM cultures using L929 conditioned medium for quite some time. Recently few BMBDM batches have been behaving strangely. A population of mcarophages appears black and activated, while others appears round and healthy. Slowly by day 3 many such macrophages begin to appear and by the end of 7 hardly any macrophages appear normal.

I cleaned everything from medium to incubator after I had problems with the first BMDM batch, but the problem still persists. Has anyone faced this problem and found a solution to it? Any suggestions?

Many thanks
Aspee

Tracy
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Could this be mycoplasma

Could this be mycoplasma contamination?

Aspeedasai
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Tracy,

Tracy,

Not everything that goes wrong with cell culture has mycoplasma problem. Mycoplasma may take several days to infect, while they will not readily infect immuno-competant cells like macrophages.

The problem most likely is endotoxin, but I am not sure what is the source of it in my cultures.

Aspee